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Old 04-30-2010, 11:32 AM   #21
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And you guys call yourselves "professionals". LOL I've had so many stupid things happen over the years I could start my own forum. Most I can still laugh about and a few I still kick myself in the butt. And like most of us, if we havent done it ourselves, we've seen it done.

Thanks for the laughs....and the memories.
great, gramps is naked in the front yard screaming about the germans again...lol...just kidding Wolf.

Speaking of old guys, my Father and I were up in a scissor lift spraying Rothman's cheese in NJ, I was 15 and learning the gun. My pops didn't notice the hose was on the backside of an open 5'er...why it was open and sitting there I can't remember now.
We moved forward and, thud, over tipped the bucket.

They had just blacked the parking lot...

Man, I loved lunches there, we were allowed to raid the cheese samples!
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Old 04-30-2010, 12:09 PM   #22
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Don't have any real good painting stories other than the first time I cleaned my sprayer after using oil I sprayed it into a bucket and ended up spraying about 1/2 gallon of thinner all over me. Luckily I had on a tyvek suit but it was all over my face. Luckily no damage to my eyes.

When I was a teen I worked as a laborer for a brick mason. I was running the mortar joints on a second story window. The scaffold jack (screw type) gave way. Scaffold fell. Luckily an electrician friend was in the room where the window was and we had it open talking. I jumped and held onto the window he saw me hanging there and came and pulled me in.
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We 'round the corner and there's the pump happily pumping a geyser of paint about 20' in the air, all over the asphalt lot. The line had made contact with the muffler and burnt through.
Wow amazing at what can happen in certain circumstances. Reminded me of a "story" I had heard where the guys were up high and had the sprayer on the ground and supposedly someone came up and cut the hose and made off with the unit, guess where the paint from the hose was.
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"Wow amazing at what can happen in certain circumstances. Reminded me of a "story" I had heard where the guys were up high and had the sprayer on the ground and supposedly someone came up and cut the hose and made off with the unit, guess where the paint from the hose was."

In my early 20's. Working for a commercial company that only had 5 employees, so it's me spraying a huge warehouse ceiling with dri-fall (again) with one apprentice pot tender/stage pusher.

Had a speeflo and a 30 gallon drum on a rolling cart. Same procedure everyday; get to work, Vaseline up, put on spray hood and respirator, start pump and climb stage. This was a 3,200 gallon ceiling job, so I was there a few days

One morning, get to work, Vaseline up, put on spray hood and respirator and go to start the pump.....WTF! There is no pump.....or 30 gallon drum.....or cart......or paint! They stole everything!

3 hours later, had a new speeflo and more paint.
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A few years ago I was working for a homeowner, I was taking a 5 of paint to his house, and was kind of in a hurry, I had this 5 of paint hooked up to my rig (which was a mistake) in the back of my truck going up a steep grade driveway and the 5 fell over in the back all over my rig and all over the customers brand new drive way. I have to spend about 4 hrs. with a wire brush to clean up the mess and had to have another guy start the job so that when the customer got home it looked like we had got some work done. Thank God everything went fine that day...
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We were painting a renovation and the owners were away. My co worker went upstairs to find a bathroom with privacy to have a bowel movement. The bathroom had just been tiled and the toilet was in place but the water was shut off. He proceeded to turn the water on the to tank and go about his business. The next morning the livingroom cieling we had just painted had a giant brownish bubble in the drywall, about 3 feet in diameter. Apparently the toilet he turned on wasn't even connected and bolted down.
We left him in the room for the duration of the job to cut out the brown drywall and replace it, mud and paint. The initial cut through the bubble was epic. lol.
Luckely we got it all fixed up before the homeowners returned. Good times!

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Ok, I'll chime in......

We were working on the extrior of a six story condo and had a 60' lift for access to the balconies & windows we were painting. My father is on the parking lot side, up in the basket when a car parks next to the lift. Well he did'nt notice the car, rotates the lift and wipes out the side of the car.....

Same job a week later. We were off a few days because of rain. A former employee is now using the lift and its time to go on the side of the building with the grass. Apparently he thought he did not need to use the 4x8 sheets of plywood we had stacked to protect the grass.

He drives right onto the grass & gets it stuck up to the axles! Apparently you need one of the big semi-truck tow trucks to extricate a lift from mud......

Insurance covered the car, and we fixed the grass ourselves. But for some strange reason we have not done anymore work in that building.
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Umm, Spilt is not a word.
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Umm, ya, it is.
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I was in my eearly 20s still working for my dad's company. We had gotten a job for a grade-school friend of mine; now a lawyer and had a freshly minted hot wife. small house that i'm sure he uses as a rental property now.
anyhoo, the hot wife and her mom were there stripping wallpaper in the bathroom. they left for lunch. a fellow employee immediately goes into the bathroom and i start hearing god-awful animalistic noises....ritual sacrifice kind of noises...the kind your body makes after a night of tequila and taco bell. he's in there quite awhile. i'm thinking, "come on, riley, they're gonna be back soon...there's no fan in there...." i walk by,unfortunately, on the way to set up another bedroom. a smell as vile as i have ever smelled is wafting out of there. mind you, i walked by as quickly as i could. and i still nearly vomited from the smell emanating from the bathroom. the toilet flushes, and i hear an "oh sh*t!" from riley. you guessed it, the toilet is overflowing. there is no plunger. riley told me later that he had to plunge his hand into the toilet filled with his bowels to clear the clog. f**k! that's terrible. well, it gets better. literally 30 seconds after he emerged from his stinkhole, the door opens and in walks the hot wife and mom. they don't dilly-dally. they head straight for the bathroom to continue wallpaper removal. just after saying "hi", and just before they get to the bathroom, this sonofab**ch riley yells to me, "Hey Mike, is your stomach ok?" they enter the bathroom, close the door, and milliseconds larter we hear them , no sh*t, GAGGING AND COUGHING! and saying "oh my god it smells. i hope he's ok." I run outside to the van, get in, see RIley charging towards me with the biggest sh*t eating grin on his face. he climbs in the van, and we laughed our a$$es off for about 10 minutes straight. the worst thing was is that through Riley's treachery, they thought I had did it. I would've throttled that f***er if it wouldn't have been so da*n funny!
so, when it came time to collect payment, i ratted out riley to my friend and his wife, and we all had a good laugh about it. I still think about his poor wife and her mom gagging and coughing from the smell, and it makes me laugh every time. they were troopers, though, and never left that bathroom until they finished stripping paper for the day---i wouldn't have gone in there with riley's nose and you guys pushin, to papraphrase one of my favorite lines..... now, riley's a cop, and would probably give me a ticket if he ever found out i shared this story. love this thread!
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me?????
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"spilled" is a word however...
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Is umm a word? Haha!
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MB, I had to stop a few times reading that. LOL!

Maybe he made the wallpaper removal go a little quicker! Sounds like it should have peeled off on its own and curled up. Or, maybe the girls worked a little faster!
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very good point; i'll have to add the "he could peel paper with only the smells emanating from his a$$!" that story never ceases to get a laugh....even in church! hahahah
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Tears were running down my face!!!! I just stripped wallpaper for 8 hours today and needed that laugh! It took me a few minutes to compose myself just to get to the bottom of that story!
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"oh my god it smells. i hope he's ok."

Heheh, bet she they thought something must have crawled up inside him and died.
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